Serie A transfer latest: Arsenal target asks to leave ahead of deadline day

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All the latest summer transfer news from Serie A...

Torino forward Alessio Cerci has been the subject of fervent transfer speculation this summer, with Everton, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid all strongly linked with moves to sign the Italian international. Earlier this week it was revealed that Arsenal had joined the race for his signature in light of Olivier Giroud's injury, and Torino president Urbano Cairo admitted that the 27-year-old could leave if £16m is offered.

"Cerci’s sale is still possible and he has asked to leave," Cairo said. "There are still four days left in the transfer market, so we’ll see what happens. Of course my desire is to keep hold of him, but we’ll see if we can find a solution that suits everyone."

"I’ve given him my word that we’ll sell him if an adequate offer arrives. With Milan it’s all over. Arsenal? There are several options."

Elsewhere, Roma have been busy trying to strengthen their defence this summer, adding Davide Astori before Greek international Kostas Manolas was signed as Mehdi Benatia's replacement. Now, Newcastle's Davide Santon is a rumoured target, with both full backs Maicon and Ashley Cole the wrong side of 30, and Santon could be seen as the long term solution for Rudi Garcia's men.

Napoli saw their Champions League dreams crushed with a 3-1 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in Spain on Wednesday night, and they have been dealt another blow after the agent of Tottenham midfielder Sandro admitted that a move to Napoli is unlikely.

"There are no positive developments," said his unnamed agent. "It’s very unlikely Spurs will sell Sandro at this moment, as time is running out and they give negotiators precious little room for manoeuvre."

"We can’t talk officially about figures, but Daniel Levy always asks for big money. If he doesn’t receive what he’s asking for, the player will remain in London."

Finally, AC Milan sold Mario Balotelli to Liverpool earlier this week, and were open to selling centre back Adil Rami to Monaco too, but the French international defender has rejected a move, saying that he has no need to leave the San Siro.

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